The Cox Law Firm

Personal Injury FAQ

How much is my case worth?

This is one of the harder questions for the court to decide. The worth of your personal injury claim depends upon the severity the injuries, insurance claim limits, and case details and evidence. A personal injury claim’s worth is based on a few different factors:

  • Lost wages
  • Permanent loss of earning capacity
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Past medical bills
  • Future medical bills

There is no tried-and-true way to determine your personal injury claim’s value; it is based on legal evidence, such as discrepancies in witness testimony, medical records, or other variables that can affect the integrity of the injured party’s case and claim. Despite this, we may be able to estimate your claim after reviewing all medical records and statements, and have an idea as to whether the client’s physical and mental state has worsened or improved from the initial injury.

Other factors that will be considered when determining the amount of compensation you are owed for your injuries include:

  • The severity of the injuries
  • The details of the accident
  • Your own degree of fault, if any
  • Employment history
  • Your ability to work
  • Your life expectancy

How you obtain and the details of your medical treatment, your lifestyle, and litigation history will also be considered.

How long does a personal injury lawsuit take?

There is no accurate way to determine how long a personal injury lawsuit resolution will take. Every case is unique, and no timetable is established for personal injury claims. Some lawsuits can be settled within a few months without the need for trial, while others can take several years to complete.

How soon should I file a lawsuit?

You should speak with a personal injury attorney ASAP! Injury victims only have a short amount of time to file a claim. Failing to file within the time period, known as a statute of limitations, can stop you from ever recovering compensation for your injuries. Personal injury compensation laws differ between Kansas and Missouri. Therefore, the best thing to do is to immediately contact a personal injury attorney familiar with the intricacies of personal injury law in both states.

What exactly is negligence?

In order to have a viable personal injury claim, you must have been injured from the negligence of an entity or another person. Negligence happens when a person fails to exercise a reasonable standard of care for the safety and well-being of others. If a person fails to act as a reasonable person might, he or she may be liable for damages.

Who can be held liable for a catastrophic injury?

Determining liability, in a legal sense, is difficult and best left to a personal injury attorney. More than one person or entity could be responsible for your injuries, and depending on the type of injury, the liability might rest with a hospital, doctor, vehicle owner/driver, truck driver, employer, or even a drug manufacturing company.


The Cox Law Firm is licensed and experienced in representing clients in the following areas:

Jackson County, MO
Platte County, MO
Clay County, MO
Cass County, MO
Johnson County, KS
Wyandotte County, KS